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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
God brought good from the brothers’ evil deed, Potiphar’s wife’s false accusation, the cup-bearer’s neglect, and seven years of famine. The experiences in Joseph’s life taught him that [God] He brings good from evil for those who trust Him. Do you trust God enough to wait patiently for Him to bring good out of bad situations? You can trust Him because, as Joseph learned, God can overrule people’s evil intentions to bring about his intended results. (NLT)
Genesis 50:15-21 – But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became afraid, “Now Joseph will pay us back for all the evil we did to him,” they said. So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Forgive your brothers for the great evil they did to you.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive us.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and bowed low before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families.” And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them.
Joseph replied to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” –Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
Keith M. Curran (Virginia) titled his story “WORKS OF ART;” here is a portion of Keith’s story:
“A number of years ago I went for a walk in the woods with Bob, a friend from church who was a professor of forestry. . . . he showed me a basketball-sized, bulbous growth on the limb of a tree and told me it was cancer. The cancer had created chaos in a tiny place, causing the cells to grow out of control, in any shape and every direction. As a result, the tree looked deformed and ugly to me. Yet Bob told me that woodworkers prize such growths because they make the most unique bowls and carvings. . . .
In much the same way that a skilled artist can turn a destructive force into a work of beauty, our loving God can turn our brokenness into unique works of grace and love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can transform our brokenness into something beautiful.
Prayer: Dear Father, work in the struggles of our lives to help us turn them into testimonies of your love and power, as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.
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